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Arike Ogunbowale's 35 points send Wings past Mercury

Field Level Media
10 Jun 2023, 12:40 GMT+10

Arike Ogunbowale scored a season-high 35 points and Satou Sabally produced 17 points and 16 rebounds as the Dallas Wings 90-77 completed a two-game home sweep of the Phoenix Mercury on Friday in Arlington, Texas.

Natasha Howard finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots for Dallas (5-3).

Ogunbowale fell four points shy of her career high set against the Washington Mystics on Sept. 6, 2020.

Phoenix (1-5) has lost all three of its road games this season while the Wings improved to 4-0 at home.

The second game of Brittney Griner's first return to Texas since her release from a Russia prison six months ago drew a sellout crowd.

A crowd of 6,251 attended the game at the College Park Center on Texas-Arlington's campus.

Griner, a Houston native and an All-American at Baylor, finished with a team-high 18 points and five rebounds on Friday. She had 24 points and four rebounds in the Mercury's 84-79 loss to Dallas on Wednesday.

Phoenix's Sug Sutton finished with 16 points and a game-high nine assists, and Diana Taurasi had 12 points and five assists (but also committed four turnovers).

The Mercury, who ranked last in the WNBA in rebounding entering the game at 30.2 per game, were outrebounded 41-31.

Dallas outscored Phoenix 19-8 in fastbreak points.

The Wings went on a 12-0 run to take a 66-53 lead with 1:38 left in the third quarter. Sabally had eight points and Howard four in the rally.

Phoenix committed three turnovers and missed seven shots from the field during that stretch.

Moriah Jefferson snapped the dry spell for the Mercury by making a 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter.

Phoenix did not come closer than eight points afterward and trailed by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Dallas led 45-42 at halftime after Griner was assessed a technical foul for elbowing Howard late in the second quarter.

--Field Level Media

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